Today we celebrate the National Day of Prayer. Millions of Christians throughout this land are on their knees; lifting their voices to the God who has blessed and protected America. Before you go to bed tonight, pray to Jesus Christ to annoint believers everywhere to reach out to a dying America. May His Will be done.
Well, I had been thinking about making changes with the way I use Facebook. I finally removed the app from my Galaxy III. I found myself wasting a lot of time throughout my day. More often than not, I would read something that made me angry and I don’t like to be angry. I know I wrote things that made others angry and I don’t want to make people angry. Scripture says we should be a light to others and at times I think my Christian witness was compromised.
I am still trying to figure out how to communicate Biblical values to people who refuse to believe the Bible is a “fact” based book. The more I read and study the Bible the more I understand about how God communicates with his people. The Bible is the most amazing book ever written. If all you do is read the Bible and never pray for Jesus to teach you its’ secrets, you may become “religious” but you will never develop a “relationship” that is the core of the Christian faith.
Okay, let me get back to the purpose of this post. I will no longer post opinions on Facebook. This blog will be my “opinion” site. I may or may not continue to even use Facebook. If I do, I think I will reduce my “friend” list not because I dislike anyone but it makes sense to me to follow people who really care what I say or do. Also, I don’t really like to read the vulgar language and hate filled speech that is so common on Facebook. I am also not interested in seeing if people or “in a relationship” or “out of a relationship”. My heart weeps every time I read that on someones’ post. I know the heartache that is created when people willing give their bodies to others in the cause of a “relationship”.
That’s all for now. In the future I will be giving my view on why Obama was re-elected, the Democratic Plantation, God’s displeasure with America, and other topics. It’s still a free country (at least for now).
Everything, and I mean everything; we need to know about living life is contained within the Bible. It is even a great book for those who don’t believe in God. The principles contained within the sacred text are true, even if you believe it is a work of normal human beings. I believe the Bible to be the word of God given to his people. If you don’t believe that, read it for its stories; after all, most of the story plots in the movies we see and the books we read got their start here. Go ahead and read it as a work of fiction. Read the stories of the Old Testament, the book of Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and the four Gospels of the New Testament first. Think of everything as historial fiction if you like or just fiction.
At some point in your life you might experience something that draws you back to the text. You will also become more literate about the Bible, even if you don’t believe it. At least when a Christian friend makes a biblical reference you will understand the reference.
It’s been a great book for me and I highly recommend it for everyone.
Life is a journey and we all end up at the same earthly destination. What happens after that is a much-discussed topic. In the simple terms of my mind, you either believe in The God, a God, or that you are your own God. We all base our lives on something, not nothing; because nothing does not exist. Either our life here is all there is, or something awaits us in the afterlife. Can we really live anyway we want and the “Good God” takes care of us after death? Is there only nature and after death we just rot? Is life really “all about me”? Can I “find myself spiritually”? Good people go to heaven right? Only people I don’t know go to hell right? What can I find that can guide me on this journey? What is missing in my life…
I made a decision in the spring of 2007 that set me on a course of change and renewal. I wish I could pinpoint the exact moment in time that this decision was made. I think I know but I am not sure. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you the story anyway. A line that I decided to cross has influenced everything that has happened to me since that moment. I knew when I crossed the line; there was no turning back. No matter the costs, no matter the opinion of others, no matter the fears and uncertainty I faced, the door closed behind me.
That line I stood before was about truth. On one side stood thousands of years of human knowledge about what this world was all about. On the other side was the Bible of Christianity. I no longer wanted to have doubts about what it contained. I no longer wanted to have people telling me what it said. I was going to completely embrace it or accept it as just another well-intentioned book written by human beings.
My decision was not without reason. I read a book by R A Torrey written 100 years ago. I made a reasoned response to do what he recommended. I did not place my head in the sand and follow the path of following “a movement to find God”. I did not throw reason out the window and “make” myself believe a work of fiction.
I started to read the New Testament not as some novel or as a book to study. I started to search for meaning and truth within its’ pages. I followed R A Torrey’s advice – I wanted to be taught the truth by the words in Bible. The process exploded in my mind with an endless stream of paths, all leading toward a source that was beyond what I had ever experienced. I could suddenly “see” what I had not seen before. I stepped into a world that is not seen with human eyes. I started a journey that I now want to share with others. The mistakes, hurts, and pains are all part of the journey. The journey would have no meaning without them.
Early on in this journey I had a good friend ask me, “You don’t believe everything in the Bible do you”? I responded, “yes I do, it’s either all true or it’s a lie”. “Oh”, she replied, “You must be one of those Tennessee Christians. I’m a New Age Christian.”
In this blog I will document the pain, the suffering, the joy, the peace, and the broken relationships, but most of all the love I now have in my life. It was there all along but I did not “see” it. I thought love was all about feelings. How wrong I was…..
I will close the blog with two videos, one I edited and the other by the artist who performed the song. This is a good song to start my journey because it speaks not only about my life but also of so many others. This journey starts at age 58 but will shortly take me back to a far simpler time. I hope my journey encourages you to move to change.
The young men of Narrowgate changed my life one fall day in 2008. You cannot understand my journey without knowing about them. What I thought was a video shoot was something far more important. It was not about video. It had nothing to do with video. It was about my heart…